Staiger Living Up To Expectations
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State fans are finally getting used to seeing Lucca Staiger on the floor. And that is a good thing. The sophomore from Blaustein, Germany, who lost a year of eligibility a year ago after the NCAA Certification Process deemed him ineligible, is living up to the expectations placed upon his broad shoulders.
Through 16 games this season, Staiger is averaging 8.8 ppg and leads the team in 3-pointers with 39. Staiger has the capability of knocking down shots from all distances, making 42.4 percent of his shots from beyond the arc to rank 10th in the Big 12.
The sharphsooter, who was a member of Germany’s 2008 U20 FIBA European Division B Championship team, got off to slow start after undergoing knee surgery at the beginning of practice in October.
With his knee feeling better every day, Staiger has increased his productivity. In his last 10 games, the German is averaging 11.5 points and hitting 45.7 percent of his shots from downtown (32-70 3FG). He showcased his talents to the Big 12 at No. 7 Texas last Saturday, scoring 15 points and handing out a career-high five assists.
“Lucca showed some very positives things in our game at Texas with his ability to get the ball to the basket and making correct decisions off the dribble,” ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. “He continues to work extremely hard to try and improve his game both on the offensive and defensive end. I really feel we will continue to see him get better as the season goes forward.”
Staiger was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. He was the weekly recipient for league’s top rookie on Dec. 15 after pouring in a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from 3-point range vs. Drake. Staiger made seven treys in the first half to tie the Big 12 mark for 3-pointers made in a half.